moral philosophy


Definition of moral philosophy 

: ethics also : the study of human conduct and values

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Founded in 2009, the institute is devoted to the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th Century Dominican friar associated with natural law, a moral philosophy that undergirds much of contemporary conservative legal thought. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Speech to Catholic Group Closed to the Media," 18 Oct. 2018 In many ways, the goal of the musical performance was to spread a moral philosophy promoting good and condemning evil. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 In moral philosophy, this approach, distinct from virtue ethics, is called consequentialism. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Enough With the Trolley Problem," 30 Mar. 2018 Foddy, an unpresuming Australian with a doctorate in moral philosophy who now makes video games that purposely abuse their players, encouraged me not to get too chuffed about my entourage. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "All Followers Are Fake Followers," 30 Jan. 2018 But then again, judges in the past were never expected to undertake studies in courses of psychoanalysis or moral philosophy. Elijah Wolfson, Newsweek, "My Genes Did It!," 5 Mar. 2014 Yet economics has not always been so shy about moral philosophy. The Economist, "Free exchangeEconomists cannot avoid making value judgments," 22 Feb. 2018 Heavily influenced by the Scottish Enlightenment, especially the moral philosophy of David Hume, many of them expected politicians to behave only in their self-interests, narrowly understood. Jay Cost, National Review, "Trump’s DACA Repeal Is a Pause in the Trend toward Executive Overreach," 11 Sep. 2017 Economics emerged in the 1700s as an offshoot of moral philosophy. Greg Ip, WSJ, "In Defense of the Dismal Science," 25 Aug. 2017

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